Say goodbye to turbulence and flying through nasty weather, and many of the costly delays that go along with such airborne unpleasantness.
That's the promise of the latest iteration of Honeywell's IntuVue weather radar system, technology that is designed to allow airline pilots to steer clear of rough weather.
Although IntuVue has been around for several years, offering pilots a three-dimensional view of weather up to about 370 miles in front of them, the newest version of the software adds warnings of up to 10 minutes for turbulence, hail, and lightning.
The IntuVue system, first unveiled in 2008, provided pilots a 3D view of weather conditions in front of them from the group up to an altitude of 60,000 feet. Honeywell positioned the system as a major improvement over competing technologies that required pilots to scan specific areas of the sky for extreme weather.
But now, IntuVue has been upgraded to allow pilots to see, at a glance, a weather map showing not just the altitude to which a storm rises, but also the location of lightning, hail, and turbulence. The idea is that by knowing ... [Read more]